Coram Boy to Arrive on Broadway in April 2007

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Boyett Ostar — Bob Boyett and Bill Haber’s producing company that struck box-office and Tony gold with the Broadway transfer of the London hit The History Boys — will bring another National Theatre production, Coram Boy, to Manhattan this spring.

Helen Edmundson’s play, according to a casting notice, will begin previews at a Broadway theatre-to-be-announced on or about April 10, 2007, with an official opening tentatively scheduled for May 1. Rehearsals for the play with music, which features a score by Adrian Sutton, will begin Feb. 19.

Melly Still, who directed the London production of Coram Boy, will repeat the same duties on Broadway.

Adapted by Edmundson from a novel by Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy tells a story of two orphans at the Coram Hospital for Deserted Children in 18th-century England: "Toby, saved from an African slave ship and Aaron, the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate," according to the National Theatre’s official website.

Set between 1742 and 1780, the action of the play, the casting notice states, "moves between the majestic interior of Gloucester Cathedral, an elegant country house, a London orphanage, and a slave ship on the Thames."

Coram Boy, a hit at the National in early 2006, is slated to return to the theatre Nov. 29 for a run through Jan. 20, 2007. Past Boyett Ostar transfers of National properties include Jumpers, Democracy and The Pillowman.

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